Tour 19th-century dwellings & more at the Fort Bend Museum in Richmond

Moore Home Parlor | Photo courtesy of Fort Bend Museum

Stroll through a history hub with rotating exhibits, guided house tours & various themed events at the Fort Bend Museum.

Located just 30 miles southwest of Downtown in Richmond, visitors can check out this house museum which explores why early settlers choose to leave their homes and come to Texas.

Opened in 1972, the grounds include an exhibit Gallery and house tours of the 1883 Moore Home as well as the 1855 Long-Smith Cottage with interactive presentations using museum exhibits and artifacts to help visitors understand the settling of Texas from the perspective of Stephen F. Austin’s American colonists.

Touring visitors can learn how clothing was made almost 200 years ago or the basics of archeology while taking part in a simulated dig; see what daily chores of children looked like in the late 1800s including drawing water, washing clothes, churning butter and shelling corn; and revisit games of the past including, Stilts, Hoops, and Graces.

And for more historic homes and demonstrations of life from frontier Texas to World War II in Richmond, check out the George Ranch Historical Park.

Click here for more info on tours and upcoming exhibitions.

Fort Bend Museum in Richmond

  • Location: 500 Houston St, Richmond, TX 77469
  • Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9am to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 5pm; closed Sunday and Monday. House tours take place at 10am and 1pm.
  • Parking: Free lot parking is available in the surrounding area
  • Admission: General admission is $10; $8 for seniors 65 and older; $5 for children ages 4 to 12. Free for children ages 3 and under, members of the Fort Bend History Association, active-duty members of the U.S. military. Half-price admission for up to 5 family members accompanying a U.S. military service member. Click here for more info on tours and admission.
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Cody Swann is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston. When he isn't recording or touring the country with his band, Wild Moccasins, he can be found covering live music and arts events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.